By Madison Fisler Lewis
Nov. 11, 2014. On Saturday, Nov. 15, The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will host storyteller Rodney Sutton as he tells tales, sings songs and relates legends about a High Country critter, the opossum.
Passionate About Possums will be held from 10-11 a.m. at the BRAHM, where one of the region’s most prominent storyteller and musical traditionalist will enthrall attendees with stories and ballads about opossums.
“Rodney will be doing a lot of different things,” said Leila Weinstein of the BRAHM. “He will be dancing, telling stories and singing songs. I believe there will also be some interactive stuff too.”
“Rodney Sutton is a native of eastern North Carolina, where his family has danced and played music for generations,” read a press release. “Rodney sutton is a prominent and highly-respected representative of the dance and music traditions of his home state. In recent years, Rodney has expanded his presentations to include both storytelling and ballad singing.”
This event will mark the third and final installment of this season’s Fall Fables events.
“The idea for this came about because I just love stories and I am a huge fan of storytelling,” Weinstein said. “I think that stories are a powerful medium and I think that kids and adults are really captivated by storytellers and it is a human connection that we don’t get very often these days. The events are funded by a fund that we created, called the Appalachian Culture and History Education Fund, so all of the storytellers and the stories have ties to the Appalachia and to the mountains.”
All three Fall Fables events were designed to entertain and delight audiences of all ages and audience participation is encouraged. In addition, admission to the Museum’s galleries will be free from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on the days of Fall Fables.
“These events are aimed at children, but adults are welcome as well,” Weinstein said. “In my experience, at first we were expecting mostly children to attend, but there have been a lot of adults that come without kids and they have been just as entertained.”
Current open exhibits at the museum include Common Threads: Five Influential Women and Their Legacies, Whimmy Diddles n’ Flipper Dingers: Toys of Appalachia and Selections from the Collection.
The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is located at 159 Chestnut St. in downtown Blowing Rock. For more information about this event and other events at the museum, visit the museum’s website here or call 828-295-9099.